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(Perris, CA, August 27)
Tickets for the 72nd running of Midget racing's longest running and most prestigious race, the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Mopar USAC National and Western Midgets, went on sale early this morning. After 13 seasons of racing on pavement, the celebrated race will be making its long awaited return to the dirt at Perris Auto Speedway on Thanksgiving night, November 22nd.

Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian and J.C. Agajanian Jr. made the popular announcement that the race was coming back to The PAS on August 18th. Since the announcement, there has a been a positive buzz throughout the racing world. 

"It has been crazy around here," Kazarian said. "The phones have not stopped ringing and our E-mail has been on fire with fans wanting to get tickets. They officially went on sale this morning."

Fans who would like to purchase tickets in advance can do so online from Tix at the following link: They can also order over the phone by calling: 1-800-595-4849. 

"Ticket are selling at a brisk pace already," Kazarian said early this afternoon. "We expect tickets to continue to sell fast so we are urging fans not to wait until the last minute to order and then have to stand in a long line on the night of the race."

The Turkey Night Grand Prix was first contested in 1934 when Bob Swanson won at Gilmore Stadium (now the site of CBS Studios in Hollywood, California). Since then many of racing's biggest names have competed in and won Midget racing's pre-eminent event including Bill Vukovich (1948), Tony Bettenhausen (1959), A.J. Foyt (1960 & 1961), Parnelli Jones (1964 & 1966), Gary Bettenhausen (1967 & 1969) and Tony Stewart (2000). 

Mesa, Arizona's Ron Shuman sits on top of the Turkey Night Grand Prix all-time winners list with eight triumphs including an incredible four in a row at J.C. Agajanian's legendary Ascot Park from 1979 through 1982. Amazingly, in the first 71 T.N.G.P. races, only one other driver, Billy Boat of Phoenix, Arizona, has won the race more than twice. Boat scored three successive wins from 1995 through 1997. His win in 1996 came in the only previous Turkey Night Grand Prix contested at The PAS. Californian Jay Drake won the last T.N.G.P. on dirt at the Bakersfield Speedway in 1998. 

New Castle, Indiana's Caleb Armstrong, who turned 20 earlier this month and who is currently fourth in Mopar USAC National Midget points, is the defending race champion after winning last year's event at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. You can view the full list of winners below.

Turkey Night Grand Prix Winners
1934 - Bob Swanson - Gilmore Stadium
1935 - Ted Sizemore - Gilmore Stadium
1936 - Ronny Householder - Gilmore Stadium
1937 - Ronny Householder - Gilmore Stadium
1938 - Bob Swanson - Gilmore Stadium
1939 - Mel Hansen - Gilmore Stadium
1940 - Roy Russing - Gilmore Stadium
1941 - Roy Russing - Gilmore Stadium
1945 - Danny Oakes - Gilmore Stadium
1946 - Perry Grimm - Gilmore Stadium
1947 - Johnny McDowell - Gilmore Stadium
1948 - Bill Vukovich - Gilmore Stadium
1949 - Perry Grimm - Gilmore Stadium
1950 - Bill Zaring - Gilmore Stadium
1955 - Johnnie Parsons - Gardena Stadium 
1956 - Edgar Elder - Gardena Stadium
1957 - George Amick - Gardena Stadium
1958 - Joe Garsen - Gardena Stadium
1959 - Tony Bettenhausen - Gardena Stadium
1960 - A.J. Foyt - Ascot Park
1961 - A.J. Foyt - Ascot Park
1962 - Bill Cantrell - Ascot Park
1963 - Mel Kenyon - Ascot Park
1964 - Parnelli Jones - Ascot Park
1965 - Dick Atkins - Ascot Park
1966 - Parnelli Jones - Ascot Park
1967 - Gary Bettenhausen - Ascot Park
1968 - Sam Sessions - Ascot Park
1969 - George Benson - Ascot Park
1970 - Gary Bettenhausen - Ascot Park
1971 - Bill Engelhart - Ascot Park
1972 - Tony Simon - Ascot Park
1973 - Bill Engelhart - Ascot Park
1974 -Danny McKnight - Ascot Park
1975 - Mel Kenyon - Speedway 605
1976 - Bubby Jones - Ascot Park
1977 - Gary Patterson ­- Ascot Park
1978 - Rick Goudy - Ascot Park
1979 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1980 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1981 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1982 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1983 - Kevin Olsen - Ascot Park
1984 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1985 - Brent Kaeding - Ascot Park
1986 - Warren Mockler - Ascot Park
1987 - Ron Shuman - Ascot Park
1988 - Chuck Gurney - Ascot Park
1989 - Chuck Gurney - Ascot Park
1990 - Stan Fox - Ascot Park
1991 - Stan Fox - Saugus Speedway
1992 - Ron Shuman - Bakersfield Speedway
1993 - Ron Shuman - Bakersfield Speedway
1994 - Joran Hermansador - Bakersfield Speedway
1995 - Billy Boat - Bakersfield Speedway
1996 - Billy Boat - Perris Auto Speedway
1997 - Billy Boat - Ventura Raceway
1998 - Jay Drake - Bakersfield Speedway
1999 - Jason Leffler - Irwindale Speedway
2000 - Tony Stewart - Irwindale Speedway
2001 - Dave Steele - Irwindale Speedway
2002 - Michael Lewis - Irwindale Speedway
2003 - Dave Steele - Irwindale Speedway
2004 - Bobby East - Irwindale Speedway
2005 - Jason Leffler - Irwindale Speedway
2006 - Billy Wease - Irwindale Speedway
2007 - Dave Darland - Irwindale Speedway
2008 - Bobby Santos III - Irwindale Speedway
2009 - Bryan Clauson - Irwindale Speedway
2010 - Bryan Clauson - Irwindale Speedway
2011 - Caleb Armstrong - Irwindale Speedway 

The entire 2012 PAS schedule is listed at the end of this release.

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Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2012 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Day Construction, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Frazee Paint, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Scott Sales, Snap-on, Soboba Casino, Square H, Swedish Speed, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage, White Nuckl USA and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.

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Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. To find us on Map Quest, the street address is 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the Zip Code is 92571. is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment

September 1 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks (Race #3 "1-800LoanMart 2012 PASSCAR Street Stock Challenge), Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods, CDCRA Dwarf Cars
September 8 - Night of Destruction 4: "Perris Leap" Trophy Truck Long Jump and Engine Meltdown, Trailer Figure 8 Races, Figure 8's, Auto Roller Derby, Demo Cross
September 15 - Glenn Howard Classic: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
September 22 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks (Race #4 "1-800LoanMart 2012 PASSCAR Street Stock Challenge), Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods
September 29 - Off Weekend

October 6 - Southern California Fair: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 13 - Southern California Fair
October 20 - Off Weekend
October 27 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods, CDCRA Dwarf Cars

November 1 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Practice
November 2 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals: USAC National Sprint Cars, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 3 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals: USAC National Sprint Cars, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 22 - 72nd Running of the Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Mopar USAC National and Western Midgets
November 23 & 24 - 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl $15,000.00 purse